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Sunday, January 19, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 9 14.00 feetLast Year: 14.94 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Teens charged in school burglary ... Page 19 Cross country team honored at banquet ... Page 10 Lower your cholesterol ... Page 13 Tami’s Top of the Lake ... Page 12 Special to the Okeechobee NewsScience fair winnersThe Okeechobee County School District’s annual Science Fair was held Thursday in the Osceola Middle School Auditorium, with 385 entries from Okeechobee High School, Okeechobee Freshman Campus, Oseola Middle School and Yearling Middle School. The Best of Show Trophy for Biological Sciences in the Junior Division went to Delaenam Akahoho (left). Best of Show for Physical Sciences in the Junior Division went to Casen Durrance (not pictured). Best of Show for Biological Sciences in the Senior Division went to Jonathan Fay (center). Best of Show for Physical Sciences in the Senior Division went to Michael Muros (right). The top 50 projects (25 junior and 25 senior) will represent the district in the Heartland Regional Science Fair. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News It took several deputies and a K-9 to apprehend a man who was reportedly high on methamphetamine and had just pulled an 11-year-old from the child’s home and dragged the youngster into some nearby woods. Arrest reports recount how Bryan Eric Fabian Adams, 31, pulled the pajama-clad child into the cold around 3:18 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, and kept saying: “You are the demon. You are the demon. I know what I must do with you.” Adams pulled the child into some nearby woods as deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) and K-9 Nero frantically searched for the pair. Around 3:32 a.m. Deput y Leland Schoonmaker radioed that the two had been found. While the child was safely taken from the father, Adams was not going to go quietly. In his report Deputy Schoonmaker indicated how he, K-9 Nero, and Deputy John Haz y nally found Adams and the child lying on the ground in some thick vines and palmettos. Adams was lying on his back with his arms across his chest. The child was lying face down. Deputies rescue child in woods‘You are the demon. I know what I must do with you,’ father told 11-year-old.See DEMON — Page 5 By Jenn MillerU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District JACKSONVILLE — Collaboration, innovation and long-term solutions were key discussion points at the 29th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference, where federal and state of cials, environmental organizations and members of the public and academia came together to celebrate what’s been accomplished so far, and discuss what needs to be done to continue making progress in Everglades restoration. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Jacksonville District Commander Col. Alan Dodd were among the 300 people in attendance at the conference held Jan. 9-11 in Naples, Fla. “Since I’ve been in my position, I’m honored to say that the Obama Administration has been committed to Everglades restoration,” said Darcy, who also praised the efforts of the Everglades Coalition. “I want to congratulate the coalition for recognizing that the future is the only thing we should be looking to.” The theme of this year’s conference was “Everglades Restoration: Protecting Coastal Communities,” and topics of discussion ranged from climate change, nutrient pollution, restoration progress, sea level rise and water quality. Jacksonville District Commander Col. Alan Dodd spoke on a panel entitled “Where is all the Water Coming From? A Coastal Perspective on Solutions for Water Management in the Northern Everglades and Lake Okeechobee.” He provided an overview of the water management decisions the corps has made this past ACOE reviews lake management plansSee LAKE — Page 5 Bryan Eric Adams


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School days I think it is a shame that Okeechobee High School starts so early. Teenagers’ b rains do not function well in the early morning hours. They are half asleep in c lass. Studies done all over the country have recommended high schools start later in the morning, but OHS starts at 7 a.m., which means some of the kids are c atching the school bus around 6 a.m. If a kid is involved in sports, they might not get home from a game until well after 10 p.m. The early school day does not give t hese kids enough time for sleep. They s hould make the high school start later. T he middle school starts around 9 a.m., and that seems to work well. I think the t eens would do a lot better with a couple more hours sleep in the morning, and so would the teachers.Low-cost pet neutering We have good vets in our town and I don’t have a problem with them. However, I called about getting my dog neut ered and the total was $125 but a friend of mine told me about a place on the c oast, where I could have my 131-pound dog neutered, shots and microchip for a fee of $60. So why can’t we get a local program to offer help like that? T exting in a theater The man involved in the texting s hooting at the theater could have moved seats rather than confront the t exter about breaking the rules of the t heater. It was an afternoon showing and not crowded. Or the texter could have gone to the lobby to text or even c alled the babysitter.  You just can’t be sure what you’re dealing with. It’s like a movie where everyone makes fun of the cranky old man who keeps shouting “get off my grass” ... and then the house eats the kids. So, better to just follow the posted rules and keep your head down!  People annoy me every single day. They cut me off, they tailgate, they go ahead of me in line, they breathe through their mouths, they talk loudly on their cell phones in public, they take forever in a single public restroom stall, they spit in public, they pay with checks at busy shopping lanes, they check out with more than 10 items in the 10 items or less lane, they allow their children to run around like wild animals in restaurants and stores, they use the word “literally” incorrectly... shall I go on? Have I ever shot any of these people? No. Normal rational adults handle annoying behavior in an adult way... by ignoring it or removing themselves from the situation.  It is frustrating for older folks to have to deal with the lack of what was once just common courtesy in this country. But no one is arguing that this justi es pulling a gun.  The usual “I don’t want to get involved,” or worse, the “submissive” way of handling things are in many instances, nothing more than a continuation of the bullying that these annoying folks have been getting away with since they were teenagers. The “ignoring it” approach is particularly reprehensible in my view. All of my life I have watched the “not my problem” folks let the bullies and the inconsiderate folks continue on their merry way down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, leaving a trail of frustration and tears behind them.  A new wrinkle in this story came from the retired cop’s appearance in court, where his attorney asked that he be granted bail due to his health issues which include low blood oxygen, which is a serious enough condition that he uses an oxygen mask for part of the day. It is a shame that no one in his family considered the fact that someone suffering from low blood oxygen should not be carrying a gun, as this condition can cause people to become easily confused and even delusional. You can’t think clearly when your brain is not receiving enough oxygen. Who do you think you are?By Gwen Livatt New St. Stephens AME ChurchMatthew 16:13-18 “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for esh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (Hell) shall not prevail against it.” The difference between the rich and the poor is information. One has the information that will advance him in life and the other does not have it. Sometimes, the difference between the great and the small is knowledge. There is a saying that: “A man’s mountain is his ignorance.” Men have made many outstanding discoveries; the fellow who invented the telephone was mocked, because it looked like a toy but today, it has become an indispensable tool in everyday life. When the young men who invented the airplane started it in their back yard, people laughed them to scorn. When the fellow who invented the motor car was testing it, people told him to put it aside and buy a horse, like every other person; he persisted and succeeded. Christopher Columbus discovered America. Their names are inscribed in gold today, in history. There are great discoveries, but the greatest discovery that anyone could ever make, is self-discovery. There is no greater discovery than that. It is possible for a person to be born again, Spiritlled, sancti ed, and Holy, they could be a pastor, evangelist, doctor, scientist or anything they want to become without knowing who he or she is. That is why this question is coming out to you today: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? It is a very important question; it is like asking for your identity card. Ignorance about who you are could put you in untold hardship. The lesson on identity is very important. Jacob learnt this lesson; he saw that by his identity, he was not in his place of destiny. He got the blessings meant for his brother Esau; got his identity through foul means but he later discovered that, that did not help him. He had to hold tight to the Angel of the Lord and his identity was changed. He was given a new name, before he could actually enjoy any blessing. One of Satan’s most effective devices is to get Christians to be completely ignorant of their true identity. The devil is an expert at doing this; he tried it on Jesus, so he will do it to any Christian. The devil thought he could confuse Jesus, by saying: “If Thou be the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” What was the devil trying to do? He was trying to make Jesus doubt His identity. It means if Jesus did not know Who He is, the devil would have gotten away with his trick. That did not discourage the devil; he tried again, by saying: “If Thou be the Son o f God, cast Yourself down; because it is written tha t the angels will bear you in their arms.” Again, Jesus defeated him, but that did not stop the devil from trying again at the Cross; he spoke through the peopl e who mocked Jesus, telling Him to come down from the Cross, if He was truly the Son of God. The devil is an expert at speaking to Christians; he would wan t to convince them, that as children of God, they ar e not supposed to suffer so, their suffering, means tha t God is not with them, or that He is partial or wicked. The devil would ask if your God is asleep. Beloved, why are you entertaining evil thoughts? I am asking once more: “Who do you think you are?” Some people, when they pray, call themselves all kinds of names; they will say they are unworthy servants, miserable sinners, un t, unworthy, bad, etc. Some of them think that by doing so, they are being humble; all they are doing, is to appropriate upon themselves, a satanic identity card. It actually shows that they do not know who they are. The devil will always try to whisper dirty things into the ears of th e believer. While the believer is busy thinking about it, he will turn round and accuse the person and even report him or her to God. The person will be found guilty on many grounds and will be discouraged. You must know who you are. Let the life of Jesus, from His birth to His death on the Cross, be an example to you. Jesus was always talking about Who and What He is, what His mission in life is. He said He is the Living Water, the Bread of Life, the Son o f God, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Who do you think you are? I am not asking what your name is; at this level, your name is not important. You could put a donkey anywhere and call it a horse; dress i t like a horse, it will not mind. When the time comes and you ask it to run, it is then that everybody will know that even though its name is Mr. Horse, it is still a donkey and not a horse. Who are you? Wha t is your spiritual ability? If you do not know the answers to these questions, you will be like those tha t were praying for the release of Peter from prison, but did not expect to see him at the door. The da y you realize who you are, that day, you would hav e won a great battle. Maybe God is telling you to pra y for some people or preach to them and you are giving excuses and feeling unworthy; it is very dangerous. This feeling of unworthiness has made man y Christians to become targets for the devil. When you know who you are, and you keep confessing it, things begin to happen. January 19, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, w here it is quicker and easier to s hare your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and y our local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topi cs or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking p lace. Thanks for participating!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FREE Circus & Motorcycle Show Every DayPresents58th Annual FREEAmerican Legion FairThurs. Jan 23rd Sun. Feb 2ndARMBAND: $1512noon to 6pmPAY ONE PRICE: $155pm til CLOSEALL ARMBANDS FRI & SAT $255pm til CLOSE Saturday Afternoon Special Wed KIDS DAY WEEKEND SPECIAL 5 Okeechobee News January 19, 2014 w et season the importance of considering public safety in the decision-making process “We can’t get lake water out as quickly as it comes in — it comes in six times faster than we can get it out,” said Col. Dodd. “When we make decisions today, we base it on where we think the lake will be 30-60 days out.” During the panel discussion, Col. Dodd w as asked for his position on the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin’s recommendation to give the state of Florida authority over Lake Okeechobee regulatory releases when the risk of dike failure is less than 10 percent and to temporarily release authority to the federal government when the risk of failure exceeds this threshold. “When we talk about getting up to 10 percent risk, water levels are getting higher than we can manage,” said Col. Dodd. “Responsibilities should not be handed over during a crisis.” Col. Dodd was also asked about the committee’s recommendation for Congressional assistance in legislation or rulemaking to revise the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, also known as LORS. “It’s the best system we have right now to balance all the various needs,” said Col. Dodd, who also made note that additional rehab work on the Herbert Hoover Dike needs to be completed prior to considering revising LORS. He also said the corps is currently in the process of completing an assessment, known as the Dam Safety Modi cation Study, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The results of the study will be used to guide future rehabilitation efforts on the dike. Also in attendance at the conference were members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District team. The Jacksonville District has the largest environmental restoration program within the corps, and manages the corps’ Everglades restoration program. At the “Caloosahatchee River: Getting the Water Right” panel discussion Jan. 11, Jacksonville District Planning and Policy Division Chief Eric Bush, discussed the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule and the public process involved in developing the regulation schedule. “This is your Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, not the corps,” said Mr. Bush. “You adopted it.” Mr. Bush also stressed the importance of planning for climate change as part of restoration efforts. “If we don’t consider climate extremes and climate vulnerabilities, by the time we complete these projects, we are going to have the same problems.” Restoration progress was discussed by Jacksonville District Ecosystem Branch Chief Howard Gonzales, Jr. at the Jan. 11 breakout session entitled, “From Restoration Visions to Ribbon cutting.” “As we’re looking at the big picture across the nation, other projects propose restoration success, what we have (with the Everglades restoration program) is realized success,” said Gonzales, who also walked conference attendees through the corps’ planning process and the importance of public participation. “When you hear that a document is available for public review, that is your opportunity to get involved. There are no comments that go unanswered. We take this process very seriously.” The Everglades Coalition Conference aimed to showcase the connection all coastal communities have with the Everglades and how Everglades restoration is central to Florida’s future. A steady theme throughout the conference was the need for everyone to do their part to help restore this irreplaceable ecosystem and that not one single agency or individual can accomplish this feat alone. LAKEContinued From Page 1 Neither were moving and both looked like they were asleep, stated Deputy Schoonmaker. As Deputy Schoonmaker tried to get the child out of the dense underbrush, Deputy Hazy tried to place handcuffs on Adams. “I then observed Bryan getting up off the ground and lunging at Deputy Hazy. Bryan then turned around and began punching me in the chest with both hands,” stated Deputy Schoonmaker. “One wrist did have a handcuff on it and he was swinging it around as he was punching me.” Adams then turned around and ran back into the dense underbrush. Deputy Schoonmaker then took the child to an area nearby where emergency medical personnel was waiting. Deputy Mark Margerum soon heard K-9 Nero, who had been released to search for Adams by his partner Deputy Matthew Crawford, as he engaged Adams in some thick brush. “I could see the bottom half of Bryan and K-9 Nero — Bryan was appeared to be lying on his back,” stated Deputy Margerum in his report. “Bryan was punching K-9 Nero in the left side of K-9 Nero’s head while K-9 Nero was holding Bryan’s right leg with his mouth.” Deputy Margerum grabbed Adams by the leg and tried to pull him from the brush as Adams kept saying: “I have to stop the demons. I have to do it.” Adams started hitting Nero in the head again and would not stop even after the deputy had used his Taser which, stated Deputy Margerum, had little to no effect on the man. The deputy used his Taser on Adams at least four times, but none seemed to have any effect on the man, stated the report. When Deputy Margerum was nally able to extricate the man from the underbrush, Adams reportedly swung and hit the deputy in the jaw. Adams, continued the report, started to swing on the deputy again but Deputy Margerum retaliated and “ ... punched Bryan in the face approximately ve times with my right hand.” At that point Adams quit resisting and the deputy was able to put handcuffs on both of the man’s wrists. When it was all said and done, seven deputies and one K-9 were involved in nding Adams and the child and taking Adams into custody. Adams was then taken to Raulerson Hospital where he allegedly admitted to injecting methamphetamine just prior to the arrival of the OCSO deputies. It should also be noted that Deputy Margerum, Deputy Crawford and Deputy Corporal Don Ellis were also treated at the hospital for exposure to Adams’ bodily uids. “We’re taking all precautions to make sure our of cers, including the K-9, are all right,” Sheriff Paul May said Friday afternoon. “Those deputies exercised a lot of restraint. They had every right to use whatever force was needed.” Although extremely tired, Sheriff May said K-9 Nero appeared to be all right. Arrest reports indicate that Adams is charged with the felonies of: child abuse without great bodily harm; aggravated battery on a law enforcement of cer (three counts); use of a deadly weapon/battery on a police K-9; resisting a law enforcement ofcer with violence ( ve counts); battery on a law enforcement of cer; and, escape. Adams is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $170,000 bond. A records check indicated that Adams is currently on felony probation after being found guilty of criminal mischief $1,000 or more. Adams was arrested July 4, 2013. He was scheduled to end his probation on Jan. 23, 2015. DEMONContinued From Page 1 CASTLE is honoring the memory of the 122 children who have lost their lives last year in the State of Florida, as a result of abuse and neglect. The white ags, each bearing the name of one of the precious lives lost, will be traveling throughout the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County. The Memory Field will be in Okeechobee in Flagler Park, March 7–14. Dedication will take place on March 11 at 5:30 p.m. Those who want to honor the memory of a child are encouraged to attend. Individuals can sponsor a Memory Flag for $100, purchase a Memory Bouquet for $20 to be placed at the foot of a child’s ag, or purchase a blue ribbon that will have your name printed on it and tied to a Memory Flag for the duration of the event for $10. CASTLE is a Florida non-pro t agency offering parenting education via in-home counseling, monitored visitations, and classes for parents, parents going through a divorce and children experiencing confusion due to divorce. CASTLE serves the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee counties including Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach. CASTLE’s mission is preventing child abuse and neglect through education and awareness. Memory Field to honor abused children


2 Church hosting gospel singNorthside Baptist, at 51 N.W. 98th St, w ill host Ron & Sharon Frazier, a Southerngospel singing duo from South Whitley, Ind., this Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:45 a.m. They are a dynamic, husband and wife evangelistic team. Their approach to bringing the Gospel message is original, direct and always led by the Spirit of the Lord. Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. Bingo will be closed Jan. 26 due to the free fair. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs w ill be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion v eterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Republicans to meetDo you know when to y a ag and when not to? When to have a light on it? What do y ou do with an old ag? Come to the Republican Party Club meeting Monday, Jan. 20 7 p.m. at Beef O Brady's and learn. Call 863532-9623 for information.City Hall closed Jan. 20City Hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This includes the City Clerk's Of ce, Administration, Finance, General Services, Code Enforcement and Public Works Departments. Some meeting dates have changed to the holiday schedule. City Council meets Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. The Jan. 16 Technical Review Committee meeting has been cancelled. The Jan. 16 Planning Board/Board of Adjustments meeting has been cancelled.Historical Society to meetThe Historical Society will meet on Monday, Jan. 20 beginning at noon in the museum on U.S. 98 N. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about Okeechobee's history is invited to attend, we only ask that you bring a covered dish to share. Dues to join the society are $10 per year. Northern visitors are welcomed. Those interested in oldfashioned quilting may also be interested in joining the Tantie Quilters who meet in the museum on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Historical Society museum is also open to the public on Thursday's while the quilters are present.Bene t set for Mike HopkinsQuarters for a Cause will host a quarter auction on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 at the American Legion. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and more. Please wear the color blue to support Captain Mike Hopkins in his ght with cancer, and to be entered in a special drawing.Hospice yard sale scheduledA. Hospice yard sale will be held at 411 S.E. Fourth St., Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. until noon. Donations are accepted daily.BMAP meeting is Jan. 22The next Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. until noon in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, contact Kimberleigh Dinkins at 850-245-8825.OHS has Financial Aid NightOkeechobee High School will hold a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in the OHS Lecture Hall. High School Seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend this important event. Assistance will be available to answer questions regarding the FAFSA and other nancial aid paperwork. The local scholarship packet will also be distributed at this meeting. Contact Kati Lawson at 863-462-5025, ext. 3113, for information.Habitat for Humanity to meetIf you are interested in applying for a home, the Okeechobee County Habitat for Humanity is inviting you to a two-hour informational meeting Thursday, Jan. 23 The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Hampton Inn, 1200 S.R. 70 E., and will start promptly at 6 p.m. This is an adults only meeting. You must bring $25 for the application fee. For information, call 863-357-1371.Eagles host open houseAerie 4137/North Eagles, 9985 Hwy. 441 N. will sponsor an Open House/Membership Drive on Saturday, Jan. 25 beginning at noon. There will be an authentic barbecue, real home cooked swamp cabbage and all the trimmings for an $8 donation which goes to support charities of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Entertainment is still being organized. The public is welcome.Health Expo set for Jan. 25The seventh annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, just off S.R. 710 There will be free parking and admission everything is free. Take advantage of health screenings and demonstrations. There will also be free entertainment and lunch. Apply for Florida KidCare, Medicaid and Food Stamps at the Expo. Complete the Know Your Numbers report card, which is a record of your free health screenings and an opportunity to win a prize. For information, call 863-462-5000, ext. 257; or, 863-6346464.Wild game dinner slatedThe Rotary Club of Okeechobee will hold a Walk on the Wild Side wild game dinner at Quail Creek Plantation at 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 A percentage of the funds raised at this event will go directly to Real Life Children's Ranch, and the balance for scholarships for graduating Okeechobee High School students. Tickets are $40 per person. For information, contact Donna Gaiser at 863-610-9416; or, canvas.shop@yahoo.com.Art Fest seeking artistsThe 2014 Top of the Lake Art Fest is looking for artists. Entry forms for artists are now available online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org as well as the Main Street of ce at 55 S. Parrott Ave. There are four divisions: Juried and Non Juried Booth ne and artisan artists, Chalk Walk (street painting) artists, local adult Gallery artists and student artists. There are deadlines for all entries. The Top of the Lake Art Fest is Feb. 8-9.Annual cat sh festival setThe Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold their 20th annual Buckhead Ridge Cat sh Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Festival organizers are taking booth reservations now. For information: call 863-447-6585; 863-4678220; or, e-mail bhrvfd@yahoo.com.Dine with the DoctorDine with the Doctor will be held at Raulerson Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and will feature Dr. James Brad eld. RSVP by calling 863-763-9228.Collaborative council to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. January special guest speakers will be: Rebecca Barnes, Action Home Health, and Rossana Gonzalez from Ne w Horizons. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Legion hosting pageantThe annual Miss American Legion Post 64 beauty pageant will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. All contestants must be female; unmarried; have no children; and attending ninth through 12th grades at Okeechobee High School, the Freshman Campus, a private school, home school or College Earl y Admissions Program.Church hosts potluck dinnerA Christian singles potluck dinner will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. Please use the south door. For information, call Mollie at 863-7639626.Dessert theatre presentedThe Okeechobee Educational Foundation will present "Mandate for Murder," featuring the Okeechobee High School Dram a Club in the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 and include a "Death by Chocolate" intermission courtes y of Waste Management, Inc. Politics can be murder! It's election night and all the friends and supporters of mayoral candidate Matthew Kensington are throwing him a surprise birthday/campaign party. But an aide is found stabbed in the back with the birthday cake knife! Clues and suspects abound in this frenetic political satire that leaves the audience wondering who they can trust. Not only can the audience question the suspects, but they even get to vote for the candidate o f their choice and change the ending of each performance. For information or to purchase a ticket call 863-462-5000, ext. 257. 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Alexis Muller was the Brahman Award w inner for the girls team and Dylan Ferneau w on for the boys team. German Lopez and Henry also earned four-year letter. Hernan Baltazar, Lucas Penido and Victor Nunez earned three-year letters for the boys and Charleigh Heater for the girls team. Throughout the ceremony, Halsey spoke the words hard work, pride, spirit and drive to describe the members of the cross country squad this year. Henry gures to be remembered for a long time as she set the school record this y ear and also won her second district title in four years. She said she worked very hard each year to win the MVP award. In an emotional address to her team she said she was upset to leave but encouraged the returning runners. “I hope you do the best you can. You guys do have the potential. The boys have potential to go to state. I will miss all of you,” she stated. Henry has a huge decision to make on Feb. 10 as she is being recruited by some major colleges for cross country like the Univ ersity of Tampa, St. Leo College, University of Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast Univ ersity. She plans to study physical therapy. “It is really exciting but nerve-wracking. I don’t know what I’ll do but I want to make the best decision and do what is best for me,” she added. Henry thanked Halsey, her teammates and her parents for their encouragement and assistance during her high school career. Gaono was the opposite of Henry. He questioned whether he should have won the award over teammate Hernan Baltazar. He called Hernan his motivator and pace setter. He joked his best way to improve speed was going to McDonalds for a McChicken sandwich. He said the longest distance is between your brain and your heart. “I did put in a lot of work this year and coach said my work nally paid off. I’m proud of the team and I reached most of my goals,” he added. Baltazar said he felt he accomplished a lot during his three-year career. He made regional all three seasons, but fell just short of qualifying for state. He said he will always remember the races. “I just missed state but I can understand why, there were some great runners. I feel the guys can make it to state and I want them to strive to be the best they can be,” he added. Muller said the Brahman Award was greatly appreciated and she thanked coach Halsey for all her help. She admitted she looks up to Henry and will always remember the district race she won and also the state nals she witnessed in the fall in Tallahassee. She said she is always there for her team and she wants them to know they can achieve in the sport. “I really appreciate the award and I’m really happy. I want to improve next year and make regional and I’ve always liked long distances. Cross country is one of my favorite things,” she added. Ferneau, a sophomore, was praised for putting in a lot of work this year. He also plays tennis and thinks it will help his endurance in matches this year. He noted it felt good to be the Brahman Award winner. “It was kind of a shock but I put in the work and the time. My mom was a runner, so I picked it up last year, practiced, and really pushed hard.” His goal next year is to advance to state and be a team leader. Halsey said she felt the girls team had a OHS cross country team is honored at banquetSee BANQUET — Page 11


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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  CPA Tax Solutions PLLC, 500 N.W. Sixth St., is the place to go if you have a business, are starting one or just need your taxes done. These ladies are not just there to crunch the numbers, they are there to make sure every aspect is taken care of and your experience is enjoyable. Taxes can be frustrating and stressful and I don’t think anyone is conformable handing over their personal and nancial information to a stranger, CPA Tax Solutions will make you feel like family. They are willing to answer any and all questions. So give them a call at 863-357-1099.  City Cuts 105 S.W. Third Ave., is a barber shop that specialize in men’s hair cuts and beard trims. They do fades and at tops. They also accommodate women and kids. Cheri and Amy are always there to make sure you look your best. With the clean, crisp and friendly atmosphere, why would y ou want to go anywhere else? Walk-ins are always welcome. Give them a call at 863467-0418.  Burgess Paint Supply, 113 S.W. Fifth A ve., has been a hometown paint store for 68 years. They have been family-owned and operated since 1945. They carry paint supplies such as all kinds of brushes, rollers, paint thinners and patching materials. They also carry different types of painting tools so you can get the job done. Burgess has a color match system so you can get the perfect shade of red without having to go looking everywhere for it. So stop on in and tell them Tammi sent you! They can be reached at 863-763-3824.  Did you know the Okeechobee News has one of the strongest business Facebook audiences in the area? These days, the paper is so much more than the trusty print edition. Our community website is orida.newszap. com (where you can read my blog on the Okeechobee page) and it is updated with breaking information and news in between publications of our regular print editions. We now have a new, free local online business directory BizSearch. You can claim your free listing by going to our site and clicking on the BizSearch logo at the top of the page.Today is...National Popcorn Day! Corn is native to the Americas and was rst used for popping. Biblical accounts of corn is not referring to what we call corn. It referred to a type of wheat, most likely barley as during the translation of the Bible into English, England called wheat ‘corn.’ Un avored popcorn is very nutritious. It is high in ber, low in calories, fat and sodium. Of course with all the salt, sugar and butter we put on popcorn, it loses its nutritive value. A little butter and salt can still make popcorn a wise snack choice, however, a medium-sized bag of movie theater popcorn contains well over the recommended daily value intake of fat. Here is a recipe for you to try your hand at—homemade Caramel Popcorn. Ingredients: 1 cup butter, 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 5 quarts popped popcorn. Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl. 2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat. 3. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News January 19, 2014 Spring Fling Festival setCome on out and enjoy the Spring Fling Festival in the woods at Freedom Ranch! On March 1 gates are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be all kind of items for sale, craft items, new items, slightly used items and food vendors. Live music, buggy rides, and a cake walk. Entrance fee per car $1 (except vendors). Location: 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E. Email us today for a vendor application and pricing, at spring ingfest@gmail.com or call 863-763-9800.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARMLAND AUCTIONThursday, February 27th at 10amAuction Site: Indiantown Civic Center, Indinatown, FL800.607.6888 | mwallc.com Martin County, Florida 2,620+/Acres — Offered in 8 Tracts Property located Southeast of Indiantown, FL with road frontage on Highways 710 and 76.• Irrigation and Drainage Permits in Place • High Percentage Farmable • Excellent Location florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 13 Okeechobee News January 19, 2014 We need fat in our diet to survive, but saturated fats like the ones found in animal products also feature high cholesterol. Avoid the obvious ones. It’s hard to say goodbye to some of our favorite foods like the butter in our mashed potatoes. To start, dump the yoke in your eggs and substitute lowor non-fat milk in place of cream. Say no to fast food! With time, you’ll get used to—even like—that vegetable-based butter substitute. And so will your heart! Experiment with whole grains. Unprocessed grains provide wonderful nutrients w ith barely any fat. They actually lower your risk of heart disease. Ever heard of quinoa (pronounced keen-wa)? Ever tasted buckw heat? It’s time to explore! Up your sh intake. Seafood twice a w eek provides the right kind of fat and plenty of brain-building omega-3s. Even shrimp, w hich has more cholesterol than sh, contains less saturated fat than meats. Reduce meat consumption. We Americans love our barbecues, but red meats raise LDL cholesterol (the bad one) levels in your blood. Even poultry needs its skin removed to be a healthy option. Deli meats are your biggest enemy. Eliminate sodium. Salt can lead to stroke, heart disease and kidney problems. You’ll nd sodium hiding almost everywhere if you read labels at the grocery store. Use herbs to make meals zesty and give onion or garlic a chance to provide avor. Rinse contents of canned goods like beans. Avoid storebought soups altogether. Find alternatives to frying. Whenever possible, choose baking over frying. If you must, simply saut items in light canola, saf ower or olive oil instead of lling the skillet with oil. Never let oil smoke in the pan. Cooking healthy will strengthen your heart. Learn more about preventing heart disease by visiting the American Heart Association. Questions or concerns? Call our free Consult-A-Nurse hotline at 863-763-9228. We can help you nd a physician or schedule an appointment. Reduce your cholesterol, make your heart happy Special to the Okeechobee NewsA fun day outOn Thursday, Nov. 20, students from the Okeechobee Adventist Christian School enjoyed a day at the Brevard County Zoo as part of a science unit about animals. Left to right are Jennifer Center, Julie Garcia, Cole Burney, Mark Lanning, Andrew Hines and Derek Hines.


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Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesCHRISTIAN LADY WILL SIT WITH ELDERS. HOSPICE/RESPITE CARE, REASONABLE CALL 863-357-1236 Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Full Time Apply online www.walpoleinc.comis now hiring EOE/DFWP Owner/Operatorsfor Tampa operations, local work with weekly settlements. Fuel purchase card available, Direct Deposit, Required insurance available through carrier. Class A CDL with 2 years AUTO TECHNICIAN WANTED Exp. with tools. 863-763-2666 Dependable? Kind? Caring? JOIN THE RESCARE HOMECARE TEAM of dedicated caregivers who are making a difference! RN, LPN, Home Health Aide, CNA, and Companion positions available. Special needs in Labelle area. Proven experience and maturity are a must. Competitive Wages offered. Only the best need apply. Reliable transportation required to apply visit: www.rescare. com/careers or call 239-390-0824 EOE/M/F/D/V Employment Full TimeFINISH OPERATORS NEEDED F/T APPLICANT MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE VERIFIABLE WORK EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATING EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY. OKEECHOBEE, GLADES AND HIGHLAND AREA PLEASE CONTACT ENVIROTECH SYSTEM INC. 863-763-3143 Shop Laborer General shop work. Take out trash, clean shop area, maintenance the yard, clean equipment, assist tech as needed, operate forklift. Must be a self motivator and multitask. Bi lingual is a plus. Please send resume to: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com or fax to 561-996-8367 SOD FOREMAN Experienced, Self Motivated, Able to work on farm equip. Must have vehicle. Send resume to priest032809@yahoo.com Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Full TimeSST Custom Fab is looking for an experienced welder/ fabricator. You can apply at our of ce located at 719 US Hwy 98 N. If you have any questions you can contact us at 863-763-1040. We are immediately hiring experienced OPERATORS (Track hoe/dozer/loader) Please contact Robert Waltman at 504-952-0860. Be prepared to submit a resume and quali cations. Employment Medical CNA, MA, OR LPN F/T with bene ts. Mon-Fri with occ Sat. Must be willing to travel. Busy Dermatology Of ce. Experienced Preferred Contact Brooke Danley @ Water’s Edge Dermatology 863-467-6767 or bdanley@wederm.com Employment Part TimeEXPERIENCED PART-TIME CLEANING PERSON WANTED. RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION A MUST. CALL KAREN AT (863) 447-0742 Shipping/Receiving Parts Temporary position Aid with the duties of Receiving and shipping parts Stocking shelves Pull parts orders shop/counter/transfers Documenting parts on shop tickets. Friendly attitude Please send resume to: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com or fax to 561-996-8367 Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Medical Sales & Service Pain Management Of cenow accepting new patients. South Florida Pain Management, LLC is the of ce of Andrea Zotovas MD, located in Stuart, and serving patients in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce and Okeechobee. We provide safe, appropriate and responsible medical pain management services to patients with chronic, non-malignant pain conditions. If you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, please call us at (772)221-9113 Buildings & Sheds WHOOLEY SHEDS (2) 8x10, 14x20. Call 863-447-0752. Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop PC w/ at screen etc. Just $75 & up. 4 gb Windows 7 laptops $200 All like new clean & refurbished Call Tony 863-517-2782. Golf Clubs/ EquipmentCLUB CAR GASOLINE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, CAME FROM UP NORTH $2,000 863-467-2824 FOR SALE USED GOLF BALLS 50 FOR $25.00 CALL 863-801-8528 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Guns/Supplies SUNCOAST GUN SHOWJanuary 18th & 19thSaturday 9 am -5 pm & Sunday 10 am 4 pm HAVERT L. FENN CENTER2000 Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, FLBUY • SELL • TRADECONCEALED WEAPON CLASS $49Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.suncoastgunshows.com Call 772-462-1521 for info. ApartmentsGOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. BASSWOOD 2BR, 2BA, laundry rm w/hookups, freshly painted. $725 mo. 1st & sec. of $500. Home Realty Services LLC. Ask for Diane 863-801-4498. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Shop here first! The classified ads Guns/Supplies Apartments Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer & Dryer, Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 BASSWOOD 2br./1ba. Duplex, laundry, fenced yard. $600 mo. plus $600 Sec. KINGSBAY 2br./2ba., laundry, 1 car attached garage, pool, tennis courts. $850 mo. plus $850 Sec. Home Realty Services LLC. 863-801-4498. Ask for Diane. 14 Okeechobee News January 19, 2014


Houses RentNewly remodeled & painted 3bdrm/1b. house in Dixie Ranch Estates on a large lot. First, Last & Security No Pets. $800.00 a month 863-634-2820 NICE, CLEAN HOUSE, 3BR/2 BATH, 8316 NW 80TH AVE. DIXIE RANCH ACRES, $850/MO., $600 SEC. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL 863-610-0001 OKEE2/1 $498.00 and 3/2 $ 600.00 Newly updated 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2 br./1 ba. CBS house on quiet Cul-de-sac. New carpet & paint. No Smkg. inside house. Small pet upon approval and will require additional deposit. $875 mo. plus Utilities. 1st., last, & Sec. req’d. Application must be completed for background checks. For more info. 863-610-1276. Storage Space RentQUICK & EASY STORAGE BOAT & R.V. SPECIAL UP TO 25FT $25.00 PER MONTH 863-763-2232 Houses SaleFor sale 3bd/1.5ba completely renovated and furnished sale price $13,400 or rent price $700/mo. for 6 months or $650/mo for 12 months 1st, last and sec. in Adult park 863-623-4412 or 304-687-0715 Kissimmee River 2 Bedroom 2 Bath older MH located on an acre of land on the Kissimmee River in the Fly In Community of River Acres. $80,500. No reasonable offer refused. Call 954-931-3732 for more info. Lots SaleOAKS OF BLUE HERON BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME. PRICED TO SELL BY OWNER. RESIDENTIAL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE. $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Lots SaleTREASURE ISLAND LARGE FENCED LOT WITH BEAUTIFUL OAK TREES. BUILD A HOME OR PUT MOBILE HOME ON LOT. $14,500.00 863-634-2820 Mobile Home Rent2 BEDROOM 1 BATH M.H., PAY $150 WEEKLY NO PETS 1ST & LAST WEEKS RENT $500 SECURITY DEPOSIT UP FRONT 863-634-7861 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. No pets. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSaleFOR SALE 1997 14ft wide Chariot Park Model, w/14ft addition in Ancients Oaks 55+ Resort. 2bdrms w/king & queen bed, 2 baths, large livingkitchen & dining, laundry room w/washer, dryer & freezer. 28ft wide carport, 8x18ft screen porch extra, wide lot app. 1,000ft living area $82,500.00. Contact Lowell at: 5344 SE 65th Terrace Okeechobee Fl. PH.863-467-0669, Cell#309-269-3167 or IL#309-764-0310 MHON CANAL, 2BD/2BA, 2 CAR-CARPORT, FRONT PORCH, FL ROOM, ALSO CLOSED BACK PORCH, BOAT RAMP & DOCK $65,000 CALL 863-763-8614 Palm Harbor Factory liquidation Sale 6 models to choose from. 1200 sq ft up to 2400 sq ft...$12K OFF John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Mobile HomeSaleREDUCED PRICE MOBILE HOME FOR SALE VANTAGE OAKS 55+ PARK NEW AIR COND., SCREEN ROOM CALL FOR MORE INFO 863-484-0501 OR 863-447-1370 Boats1999 ALUMINUM 21ft SUN TRACKER DECK BOAT,120hp MERCURY MARINE ENGINE,TROLLING MOTOR, LIVE FISH WELL,FISH FINDER AND PEDESTAL SEATS ON FRONT. 2004 BOAT TRAILER. $4,500.00 863-763-3006 2000 ALUMINUM BASS TRACKER 17’ W/TRAILER, 75 HORSE TROLLING MOTOR, DEPTH FINDER, ON BOARD CHARGER, COVER, EXCELLENT CONDITION $4,800. 863-623-5360 2005 17ft DUROCRAFT ALUMINUM BASS BOAT AND TRAILER. 50hp MERCURY, TROLLING MOTOR, DEPTH FINDER, AND NEW GPS, LOOKS AND RUNS GOOD $6,000 O.B.O. 815-347-6282 FLATS BOAT 1996 ACTION CRAFT,2009 EVINRUDE 115hp ETEC W/WARRANTY UNTIL APRIL 2014, 2013 ROAD KING ALUMINUM TRAILER,JOHNSON 12volt TROLLING MOTOR,LOWRANCE FISH FINDER,CB RADIO $8,200.00 863-357-2586 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Motorcycles2006 HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA CLASSICBRANDYWINE COLOR-19,422 MILESSTAGE 2 KIT-AIR RIDE SEAT-DOUBLE STACKED GLOLIGHTS AND RAILS, MASTER TUNER-OVER $6,000 IN ADD ON CHROME&EXTRAS. GREAT RIDE-$13,500. 317-979-2104 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Travel Trailers2005 HI LO RV TOW LITE SERIES M-2705T. ABOVE AVG. CONDITION, EXCEPT FOR DAMAGE. $5,000.00 OBOJOHN 305-962-6480 1157 24TH ST. BHR 34794 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Utility Trailers2008 PACE BOX TRAILER SINGLE AXLE DOUBLE DOORS AND 1 SIDE ENTRY DOOR LIKE NEW $1,800.00 CALL 863-763-3006 Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE NURSING DEPARTMENT WISHES TO ANNOUNCE THAT IT WILL HOST A SITE REVIEW FOR CONTINUING ACCREDITATION OF ITS ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND BACCALAUREATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAMS BY THE ACCREDITATION COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION IN NURSING, INC. YOU ARE INVITED TO MEET THE SITE TEAM AND SHARE COMMENTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN PERSON AT A MEETING ON FEBRUARY 4, 2014, FROM 4:00 P.M. TO 5:00 PM. IN ROOM H-106 AT THE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34982. WRITTEN COMMENTS ARE ALSO WELCOME AND SHOULD BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO: DR. SHARON TANNER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ACCREDITATION COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION IN NURSING 3343 PEACHTREE ROAD, NE, SUITE 850 ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30326 OR EMAIL: SJTANNER@ACENURSING.ORG ALL WRITTEN COMMENTS SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY THE ACEN BY JANUARY 29, 2014. 460341 ON 1/17,19/2014 Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Beth Albert at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3050. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Beth Albert Code Enforcement Of cer III 460170 ON 1/19/2014 Public Notice School District Advisory Council Meeting The Okeechobee County School District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. This meeting is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 460295 ON 1/19/2014 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2013-CA-000449 UCN: 472013CA000449XXCICI U.S. BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF MID-STATE TRUST VII BY GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, AS SERVICER WITH DELEGATED AUTHORITY Plaintiff, VS. SERAFIN LEYVA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA; JOHN DOE; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO THE FOLLOWING DEFENDANT(S): SERAFIN LEYVA 1659 HWY 70 WESTLOT 12-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 SERAFIN LEYVA 14784 SW 169TH AVE-INDIANTOWN, FL 34956 SERAFIN LEYVA 14229 REFLECTION LAKE DR-FORT MYERS, FL 33907 SERAFIN LEYVA 2035 NW 32ND DR-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 1659 HWY 70 WESTLOT 12-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 14784 SW 169TH AVE-INDIANTOWN, FL 34956 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 14229 REFLECTION LAKE DR-FORT MYERS, FL 33907 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SERAFIN LEYVA 2035 NW 32ND DR-OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Exhibit “X” (Legal Description) Commencing at the -Southeast corner of Section 7, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, run thence North 8541’35” West along the South boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 70.02’ feet Thence run North 0253’55’ East parallel with the East boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 831.72 feet; Thence run North 3623’35” West for a distance of 759.28 feet to the Point of Beginning. Thence continue North 3623’35” West for a distance of 75.00 feet; Thence run North 8541’35” West parallel with the South boundary line of said Section 7 for a distance of 140.57 feet; Thence run South 3623’35” East for a distance of 75.00 feet; Thence run South 8541’35” East for a distance of 140.67 feet to the Point of Beginning. Lying in and comprising a part of the South One-half (1/2) of Section 7, township 37 south, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on the attorney for the Plaintiff: VESCHIO LAW GROUP, LLC 2001 W. KENNEDY BLVD. Tampa, FL 33606 EMAIL FOR THIS FILE: FORECLOSURE@VLGFL.COM within 30 days of the rst publication of this notice of action, and le the Original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorneys or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED on January 3, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK Clerk of the Circuit Court, OKEECHOBEE County 304 NW 2ND STREET, ROOM 208 OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 BY: Jennifer Rediker Deputy Clerk IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 349/116, (772) 807-4370 AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE, OR IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING THIS NOTIFICATION IF THE TIME BEFORE THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE IS LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS; IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL 711. 459654 ON 1/12,19/2014 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAFile No.: 2013CP170 IN RE: ESTATE OF AWILDA MARGARET TUFTS, a/k/a WILDA M. TUFTS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of AWILDA MARGARET TUFTS a/k/a WILDA M. TUFTS, deceased, File Number 2013CP170 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, or whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent 15 Okeechobee News January 19, 2014and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is January 19th, 2014. Personal Representative: THOMAS MARTIN TUFTS c/o Fuchs and Jones, P.A. 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 32 Wellington, Florida 33414-4758 Robert D. Jones, Esq. Florida Bar No. 264751 FUCHS AND JONES, P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representative 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 32 Wellington, Florida 33414-4758 Telephone: (561) 793-0600 Facsimile: (561) 793-7079 rjones@fuchsandjones.com 460381 ON 1/19,26/2014 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž


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